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Why is the Golden Gate Bridge red?

Ask Uncle John Anything: A Bridge Too Far

April 22, 2016

Uncle John knows pretty much everything—and if he doesn’t, he heads his massive research library, or puts one of his many associates on the case. Here is the answer to a recent question we received. Why is the Golden Gate Bridge red? Shouldn’...

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Glow In the Dark Sticks

Ask Uncle John Anything: It Glows in the Dark!

August 20, 2015

Summertime is glow stick (or light stick) season—it’s fun to wave them around at night, at parties, during those Fourth of July celebrations, at the campground, etc. But how do those little day-glo sticks glow (at night) without a battery or a bu...

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How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

Ask Uncle John Anything: Skunked

August 10, 2015

Did you (or more likely, your dog) get hit with the noxious spray from an agitated skunk? Well, that stinks. It’s time for a soak in a bathtub full of tomato juice. But does that old home remedy really work?

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Why Do Cops Like Doughnuts?

Ask Uncle John Anything: Mmmm…Doughnuts

July 13, 2015

The concept dates back to the 1930s and 1940s. Before the proliferation of fast food restaurants and convenience stores, there weren't a lot of places for swing shift or overnight workers to get a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. By and large, America...

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